American Sign Language (ASL) 1 is an introductory course to ASL and the Deaf community. This course introduces students to practical vocabulary and basic grammatical structures through culturally-rich thematic units. Students develop their receptive and expressive communication in ASL through practiced and familiar activities that are performance-based. This course will examine cultural perspectives, important figures in the Deaf community, and ASL art and literature. Additionally, students will make comparisons and connections to their own cultural experiences and backgrounds.